Typical Air Conditioning Problems

At Doc Savage Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. we know the “ins” and “outs” of air conditioning. There are many things that can and will go wrong with an air conditioning system. When that happens, you need a company you can trust to come out and take care of those problems. Need a reliable Augusta Heating and Air Service? That’s what we’re here for.

Listed below are some common air conditioning problems:

Refrigerant Leaks

If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, it was either undercharged when it was first installed or it has a leak. A trained technician must fix any leak, test to make sure that the leak is fixed, and then charge the system with the correct amount of refrigerant. Refrigerant must be installed at the manufacturer’s specified level for your system to run smoothly and efficiently.

Poor Maintenance

Dirty air conditioning filters and coils will cause the air conditioner to not work properly, sometimes causing compressors or fans to fail prematurely.

Electric Control Failure

Compressor and fan controls can sometimes wear out. This especially happens when the air conditioner turns off and on frequently. Corrosion of wire and terminals is also a problem in many systems. Electrical connections and contacts should be checked by a qualified professional.

Neglecting Annual Maintenance

The filters, coils and fins of an air conditioning system require regular maintenance in order for the system to run smoothly and efficiently. Lack of this maintenance can cause the system to decline and fail prematurely.

Not Changing Air Conditioner Filters

Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system’s efficiency significantly. Changing your air conditioning filters is very important. Filters should be cleaned or replaced every month or two during the cooling season and may need more frequent changing if it is subjected to dusty conditions, or if you have pets in the house.

Dirty Air Conditioner Coils

Air conditioner evaporator and condenser coils collect dirt over the years. This dirt reduces air-flow which in turn reduces the coil’s ability to absorb heat. Yearly air conditioning maintenance can prevent this from happening.

Dirty Condenser Coils

Outdoor condenser coils can also become dirty. You can easily see the condenser coil and notice if dirt is collecting on its fins. Minimizing dirt and debris near the condenser unit can help. Clean the area around the coil, remove debris, and trim foliage back for adequate airflow around the condenser.

Bent Coil Fins

The aluminum fins on evaporator and condenser coils are easily bent and can block air-flow through the coil.

Improperly Sealed And Insulated Air Ducts

An enormous waste of energy occurs when cool air escapes from supply ducts or when hot attic air leaks into return ducts. For central air conditioning to be efficient, ducts must be airtight. A trained professional may be needed to find the problem in the duct and properly repair it.

Obstructed Supply And Return Vents

Obstructions can also impair the efficiency of a duct system. You should be careful not to obstruct the flow of air from supply or return registers with furniture and drapes.

Improperly Insulated Attic Ducts

The large temperature difference between attics and ducts makes heat conduction through ducts almost as big a problem as air leakage and obstructions. Ducts in attics should be insulated heavily and air tight.

Augusta Heating and Air

Doc Savage Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. can help keep these problems from happening to your air conditioning system by performing annual air conditioning maintenance. If you are interested in our annual maintenance service, give us a call at (706) 426-9262 and we will be happy to start taking care of all of your air conditioning and heating needs. Need heating and air Augusta? Call us now!